Friday, October 05, 2007

San Francisco

This was in our inbox and I thought I would share it with you. Marine moms from all over the country are talking about this.

Hello friends in Lubbock. The local Marine Mom group here in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area is outraged at the City of San Francisco for not allowing our Silent Drill Team Marines to film a commercial in their city. We have been writing the Mayor of San Francisco and our local congressman to let them know how we feel. It would be great if your group would help us flood them with letters. Sample attached. Thanks and God Bless our Troops.

Proud Marine Mom

Dear Congressman Doyle, I'm writing to express my outrage at the City of San Francisco denying the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team permission to film a commercial on a city street citing "traffic control issues" as their reason. They allowed the filming of the street but didn't allow the Marines to be filmed. The Marines will have to be superimposed at a later date. The City of New York allowed them to be filmed in Times Square during rush hour with no problems. This is another blatant slap in the face to our nation's military by the City of San Francisco. Following the City of San Francisco's previous denials of recruiters in schools, ROTC, the port use by our Navy vessels and the list goes on and on.

Yet the City of San Francisco is perfectly fine with allowing The 2007 Folsom Street Fair, which organizers promote as "fairgrounds filled with people in their most outrageous leather/rubber/fetish attire" is planned for Sunday on Folsom Street in San Francisco. The city will allow a street to be taken over for such an event but snubs our military's request to film a commercial? This is an event that decent people should parade in the streets to BAN from their city.

Oh, and another thing sir-the ad for the Folsom Street Fair? The one mocking the Last Supper - well - what if it had mocked the Muslim religion instead of Christianity? EVERY SINGLE member of both houses of congress would have been up in arms about this, trying to make amends. Ms. Pelosi even said that that ad was fine "an expression of free speech" . Why is it acceptable in America today to make light of the religion of millions and not one single congressman has the courage to stand up and say THIS IS WRONG!

I am the mother of a US Navy corpsman (combat medic) who has deployed to Iraq with the US Marines and I am the mother of an 18-year old Marine PFC. Our military and their families are strong groups, Mr. Doyle. We vote. We care about our sons and daughters. Congressional silence on these insults reinforces the belief that the members agree with what San Francisco did. I'm ashamed that my hard earned tax dollars are directed to a group of "representatives" who clearly have their own agenda and could care less about those who have volunteered to put their lives on the line for them.

A resolution should be put forth in Congress condemning this city and its attitude toward the military. If any city in the United States receives tax dollars they should be required to allow military presence. Sir - rest assured that the American voting public will exercise our rights on election days in the future and we have a LONG memory.
Respectfully, Ann Lauth

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